Programs

Chief Procurement Officers Forum

USPAACC’s Chief Procurement Officer’s Forum (CPO Forum) brings together Fortune 500 & major nonprofit organizations’ procurement officers to discuss domestic and global trends in the supply chain, issues and challenges facing the business community in the U.S, and the roles that small- and medium- size companies could play in this changing market for mutually beneficial outcomes.

First established in 2011, the CPO Forum has become one of the most anticipated programs at our annual national CelebrAsian Procurement Conference, and a talk-of-the-town in the Procurement and Supplier Diversity Community. To date, we engaged the wisdom and experience of the following esteemed executives:

CelebrAsian 2019

Robert Khan

Robert L. Khan

Vice President, Procurement and Contract Management

AARP

Robert L. Khan

Vice President, Procurement and Contract Management
AARP

Robert Khan is the Vice President of Procurement and Contract Management for AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping people ages 50 and older to improve their quality of life as they age. Robert is responsible for leading the procurement efforts to efficiently and effectively enable business units and functional partners to maximize the value they receive from suppliers to achieve their objectives.  This includes working with the stakeholder(s) to assess business requirements and acquire goods or services that meet their needs.

Prior to joining AARP, Robert was the Vice President of Shared Financial Services for the National Geographic Society where he oversaw Accounting Operations such as P2P process, Credit and Collections, Customer Payment Processing, Billing, Payroll, as well as Credit Risk and Analysis.

Before joining National Geographic Robert was the Vice President of Accounting Operations at Discovery Communications Inc.; where, he was responsible for the Domestic Shared Services Center that included Account Payable, Credit and Collections, Billing, Payroll, Procurement, and the Travel & Procurement Credit Card Program.

Robert has a B.S. degree in accounting and business management from the University of Maryland. He lives in Bowie, Maryland with his wife, Patricia and daughters, Melissa and Morgan.

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Hugo Evans

Vice President, San Francisco

A.T. Kearney

Hugo Evans

Vice President, San Francisco
A.T. Kearney

Anu Saxena

Anu Saxena

SVP Hilton Supply Management

Hilton

Anu Saxena

SVP Hilton Supply Management
Hilton

James Haddow Howard B9540C5830366Cf7E0C177Feac256077

James Haddow

Director of the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management

Howard University

James Haddow

Director of the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management
Howard University

John Evans

John Evans

Chief Procurement Officer

Ingersoll Rand

John Evans

Chief Procurement Officer
Ingersoll Rand

John Evans is vice president, Global Procurement for Ingersoll Rand. He was appointed to the position in October 2015.

John is a growth-oriented leader with two central beliefs: winning requires us to fully understand the needs of end-user customers, and serving end-user customers successfully stems from operational excellence, business transformation and employee engagement.

John has been with Ingersoll Rand since 2000 in a variety of roles of increasing importance. Prior to his appointment as leader of Global Procurement, John was the President of the Power Tools Strategic Business Unit (SBU) for Ingersoll Rand. Power Tools offers a robust portfolio of assembly, industrial, cordless, construction and vehicle service tools and accessories, and has a long-standing reputation for being powerful, ergonomically designed, reliable and efficient.

Prior to his role in Power Tools, John was the President of Residential Security Solutions at Ingersoll Rand where he had full profit and loss responsibility for the business including product and business development; sales and service; and accountability for operational excellence across global manufacturing and distribution.

Previously, John served as vice president of marketing and product management for Residential Solutions as well as vice president of operations for the company’s Climate Control Technologies sector; and vice president of enterprise services, helping to lead the integration of Trane into Ingersoll Rand. John has championed innovative product and solutions launches and executed and integrated acquisitions that expanded technologies and product portfolios. He has a passion for product and category management, and the creation of highly strategic marketing, channel and e-commerce programs that drive end user loyalty.

Before joining Ingersoll Rand in 2000, John was vice president of North American operations at Leoni Wiring Systems; worked as an operations manager at Marley Cooling Tower; and held a variety of positions at Electro-Wire Products. John began his career as a supplier quality assurance engineer in electronics at Cummins Engine Company.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University.

Chuck White Nationwide B9540C5830366Cf7E0C177Feac256077

Chuck White

Vice President of Procurement

Nationwide

Chuck White

Vice President of Procurement
Nationwide

Tom Lutz

Tom Lutz

Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer

US Bank

Tom Lutz

Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer
US Bank

Tom D. Lutz joined U.S. Bancorp as Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer in April, 2008. He is responsible for the corporate procurement organization involved with strategic sourcing, vendor management, and supplier diversity. Since joining U.S. Bancorp nine years ago, Tom has focused on delivering significantly greater value across the enterprise through more effective internal alignment, improved vendor relationships, strategic talent management, and a shareholder-centric view of operating costs and business practices.

Tom has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of procurement, supply chain management, and information systems. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Tom spent twenty years with General Mills in a variety of roles, and three years with Pulte Homes as National Vice President of Procurement.

Tom is a native of Minnesota, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Systems Analysis from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

CelebrAsian 2018

Michael Fath

Mike Fath

Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer

Caesars Entertainment

Mike Fath

Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer
Caesars Entertainment

Mike Fath is currently a Vice President and the Chief Procurement Officer for Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Mike’s team is responsible for Sourcing, Purchasing Operations and Supply Management in goods and services acquired by Caesars casino and hospitality properties in North America.

Mike’s team of 350 people buy everything from food, beverage and hospitality products, to gaming equipment and supplies, to media, advertising, promotional products and print, to professional services, (including legal services), information technology, facilities, equipment maintenance services and construction.

Mike leads Caesars Entertainment’s commitment to the diverse communities where it does business by procuring goods, products and services from a diversified pool of suppliers, contractors and professional service providers, and working with small local businesses to help them grow.

Prior to Caesars, Mike served as SVP of Procurement at First Group America (FGA), the largest transport operator in North America, operating 50,000 school buses under the brand First Student as well as owning Greyhound. While at FGA, Mike led the integration of sourcing and supply chain operations after the 2007 acquisition of Laidlaw doubled the size of the North American business.

Before joining FGA, Mike was a consulting Partner with KPMG.  Elected to the Partnership in 1994, he was a leader in the firm’s Supply Chain Consulting Practice in North America.

Mike has a Master of Business Administration, from Michigan State University and earned his undergraduate degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Of great personal interest to Mike is his involvement in the Jude’s Ranch for Children, where he serves a Board Member. He is deeply dedicated to their mission of “Transforming the lives of abused and at-risk children, young adults and families by empowering them to create new chances, new choices and new hope in a caring community.”

Brian Hadden

Brian Hadden

Senior Vice President Global Directs/ AMENA Procurement

PepsiCo

Brian Hadden

Senior Vice President Global Directs/ AMENA Procurement
PepsiCo

Brian joined PepsiCo in June of 2015 to lead the strategic sourcing and procurement agenda for PepsiCo’s Direct Procurement area and is accountable for $10 billion spend annually.  His areas of responsibility include global rigid and flexible packaging, energy, sweeteners and print graphics and quality.  He also has Procurement responsibility for the AMENA sector.

Brian joined PepsiCo from Mondelez/Kraft where he spent 20 years in roles of increasing responsibility.  He had roles in commodities, direct materials, indirect materials & services, 3rd party manufacturing and strategy and has been based in both Chicago and Atlanta.  He then moved to Singapore where he led Kraft Foods’ Asia Pacific Procurement organization.  During those five years, he integrated the acquisitions of Danone biscuit and Cadbury with new geographies, organizations and product portfolio.  Most recently he spent four years in Zurich where he was responsible for the global Chocolate Category Procurement organization.

Brian holds a BS in Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign and an MS in Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Michelle Hawkins

Michelle Hawkins

Senior Vice President Strategic Procurement

Charter Communications

Michelle Hawkins

Senior Vice President Strategic Procurement
Charter Communications

Michelle Hawkins is Senior Vice President of Procurement at Charter Communications and is located in Denver, Colorado. She joined Charter in June 2012 to develop and transform their Procurement organization. Michelle and her team provide Strategic Sourcing expertise aimed at bringing business value to functional areas across the enterprise. The organization also includes the centralized Purchasing and Contracts Administration functions and is responsible for Charter’s Supplier Diversity program.

Michelle's career began in the telecommunications industry. She spent 22 years at Motorola in various leadership positions in both Direct and Indirect Strategic Procurement. While at Motorola, she had global responsibility with team members in 16 different countries. Michelle also spent one year at Nokia Siemens Networks while she led the procurement integration after the acquisition of the former Motorola Networks business.

Michelle holds a bachelor's degree in Materials and Logistics Management from Michigan State University and a MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI and holds a Global Leadership Certificate from Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 2010, she was a Board Member of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Michelle also was an instructor for “Leadership in Supply Management” at DePaul University as part of their continuing education program in effort to prepare participants for ISM’s CPSM certification. Michelle is a 2016 BMLI Graduate, Class #33 and a member of WICT.

Angela Klett

Angie Klett

Senior Vice President, IT Chief Financial Officer and Chief Procurement Officer

Nationwide Insurance

Angie Klett

Senior Vice President, IT Chief Financial Officer and Chief Procurement Officer
Nationwide Insurance

Angie Klett is senior vice president IT CFO and Chief Procurement Officer (CPO).  As CFO, Angie is a strategic business partner to CIO Mike Keller, providing financial planning and reporting on the $1B+ IT budget.  Since a great deal of technology spend is sourced externally from suppliers, there’s a tight link to Angie’s responsibilities as CPO where she leads $4B of strategic sourcing and procurement for Nationwide.
 
Previously, Angie served as Vice President CFO for P&C Personal Lines and Standard Commercial lines where she was responsible for developing the 5-year financial plan, forecasting and reporting for both agency and direct.

Angie began her career as an accountant in the financial services side of Nationwide. She held a number of roles in finance before jumping into the property and casualty business where she spent nearly half of her career in leadership positions across sales and service centers, marketing, and product management.

Angie holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Chartered Financial Consultant designation and is a CPA. She currently serves as Treasurer and chair of the finance committee on the Berger Health System board in her local community of Circleville Ohio.  Additionally, she and her husband own and operate Burr Oak Nursery on their 70 acres.

Tom Lutz

Tom Lutz

Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer

US Bank

Tom Lutz

Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer
US Bank

Tom D. Lutz joined U.S. Bancorp as Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer in April, 2008. He is responsible for the corporate procurement organization involved with strategic sourcing, vendor management, and supplier diversity. Since joining U.S. Bancorp nine years ago, Tom has focused on delivering significantly greater value across the enterprise through more effective internal alignment, improved vendor relationships, strategic talent management, and a shareholder-centric view of operating costs and business practices.

Tom has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of procurement, supply chain management, and information systems. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Tom spent twenty years with General Mills in a variety of roles, and three years with Pulte Homes as National Vice President of Procurement.

Tom is a native of Minnesota, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Systems Analysis from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

Stephane Masson

Stephane Masson

Senior Vice President Global Procurement

Marriott International

Stephane Masson

Senior Vice President Global Procurement
Marriott International

Stephane entered the hospitality industry in 1990 and has a degree in Hotel Business Administration.  His career began with Holiday Inn and later he joined the Ramada/ Renaissance group to set up their purchasing department in Eschborn (Germany) covering EMEA. In 1997, Stephane was named Regional Director of Procurement for Continental Europe, overseeing Marriott’s procurement operations to drive margins optimization from contract programs and provide services and savings to our regional teams and owners. In 2002 Stephane was promoted to Vice President International Procurement, managing successfully procurement functions in London, Dubai, Shanghai, Sydney, Bangkok, Eschborn, Paris, Cap Town, Hong Kong and Mumbai. He was responsible for assisting our hotels to maximize buying leverage, providing support to ensure compliance and monitoring service levels of vendors.

As the leader of the Global Procurement Team, Stephane who is a 23-year veteran with Marriott, successfully led the team through the Starwood hotels acquisition, which added ,500 hotels to the 4,000 already supported by the team.

In 2017 Stephane was promoted to Senior Vice President and continues to develop opportunities by leading a team to manage and deploy global key procurement initiatives and strategies including an EProcurement tool which is scalable, environmentally responsible, increases synergies between domestic and international contacts and advances global supplier diversity.

Gun Shim

Gun Shim

Vice President of Supply Chain Management

PG & E

Gun Shim

Vice President of Supply Chain Management
PG & E

Gun S. Shim is Vice President of Supply Chain Management for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is responsible for PG&E’s Supply Chain policies and standards, responsible for Strategic Sourcing, enhancing supplier relationships, materials and inventory management, logistics, Supplier Quality Assurance, and Logistics Emergency Response.

Shim has over 25 years of supply chain and procurement experience. Before joining PG&E in September 2009, he was the Vice President, Procurement with T-Mobile USA. Prior to this role, Shim spent over 17 years with SBC Communications, now AT&T, where he held various vice president positions within Shared Services and Supply Chain.  At SBC, Shim was one of the leaders who led supply chain merger integrations which included some of the largest mergers at that time.

He was also a principle owner of GS and Company that provided project management and strategic sourcing solutions. As a principal, Shim specialized in raising venture capital for web-enabled buying portals and forming consortium buying groups targeted at specific categories.

Shim holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. He serves on several boards that help advance supply chain principles and practices.

Dk Singh

DK Singh

Chief Purchasing Officer

Schneider Electric

DK Singh

Chief Purchasing Officer
Schneider Electric

DK has 28 years of leadership experience in industrial/energy management, consumer product, technology, auto, and power equipment manufacturing environment with direct experience in engineering and supply chain including procurement (direct and indirect), logistics, supply-demand, inventory management, and operations.

DK is currently a Chief Purchasing Officer for the Schneider Electric with a global procurement responsibility of $15B spend. He has been with Schneider Electric since August 2014.

Prior to his current position at Schneider Electric, DK spent eight years at ConAgra Foods as a CPO and had the responsibility of enterprise procurement with $10B global spend. Prior to this, he spent three years at Motorola where he held the roles of senior executive in Procurement. He was the Vice President of Procurement for the Motorola’s Mobile Devices Group and had the responsibility of $12B Sourcing for the cell phone business. DK was also the Vice President with Motorola’s Global Procurement function with the responsibilities of Indirect Global Sourcing with $6.0B+ spend.

Before joining Motorola in 2003, DK spent 15 years with IBM Corp in many different leadership roles including product development, engineering, logistics, supply/demand, inventory mgmt, and Global Procurement. His last responsibilities at IBM included managing Global Services Procurement with significant responsibilities.

DK has a Master’s in Industrial Engineering, a BS in Mechanical Engineering and has been a registered Professional Engineer (PE). He has published many articles related to manufacturing and supply-chain in external and internal journals. He has been on the Advisory Board for Resin Technology, NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council) and works closely with USPAACC.

Shelley Stewart

Shelley Stewart

Vice President, Sourcing & Logistics and CPO

DuPont

Shelley Stewart

Vice President, Sourcing & Logistics and CPO
DuPont

Shelley Stewart, Jr. is Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at DuPont, where he leads global procurement and logistics. His role is to improve efficiency and deliver cost savings across the enterprise. In January 2016, he assumed the responsibility for Facilities Services and Real Estate.  Before joining DuPont, Shelley was Senior Vice President of Operational Excellence and Chief Procurement Officer at Tyco, where he led Procurement, Information Technology, Lean Six Sigma and Real Estate, and where he delivered $1B in cost savings in his first three years.  Prior positions include SVP of Supply Chain at Invensys, VP of Supply Chain at Raytheon, and 18 years at United Technologies, where he led various senior level operations and supply chain roles.

Currently, Shelley is on the board of directors of Cleco Corporation, a Louisiana regulated utility, where he serves on the audit committee and is chair of the nominating and governance committee.  He is chair of the Board of Visitors at Howard University’s School of Business and is a member of Northeastern University’s Corporation.  He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Drexel University Center for Corporate Governance.  Shelley is Vice Chair of the Board for the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
A former chair of the Institute for Supply Management, he has been consistently recognized as a leader within and external to the supply chain profession.  He has been identified as one of the 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America by Black Enterprise, and recognized by Savoy.  In 2013 he was named a Bartels Fellow by the University of New Haven.  In 2011 Shelley was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to serve on the U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Minority Business.

Shelley holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Haven and both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. He is co-author of Straight To The Bottom Line™: An Executive’s Roadmap to World Class Supply Management, (J.Ross Publishing).

Dan Ikenson

Dan Ikenson

Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies

Cato Institute

Dan Ikenson

Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies
Cato Institute

Dan Ikenson is director of Cato’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, where he coordinates and conducts research on all manner of international trade and investment policy. Since joining Cato in 2000, Ikenson has authored dozens of papers on various aspects of trade policy, focusing his research on U.S.-China trade relations; bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and institutions; globalization; U.S. manufacturing issues; trade politics; and trade remedies, such as the antidumping regime.

Ikenson has been involved in international trade since 1990. Before joining the Cato Institute in 2000, he was director of international trade planning for an international accounting and business advisory firm. In 1997 he cofounded and was a principal at an international trade consulting firm in Washington,.and from 1990 to 1997 he was a trade policy and antidumping analyst at a few international trade law practices. In addition to his many studies and articles, Ikenson is coauthor of the book Antidumping Exposed: The Devilish Details of Unfair Trade Law. He has testified before congressional committees on a variety of policy matter and has appeared on numerous television news programs and networks, including PBS, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, ABC News, Fox News, Fox Business News, and NPR. His articles have been published in widely circulated newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal,the Los Angeles TimesUSA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Times, the Detroit NewsForbes, and National Review.

Ikenson holds a MA in economics from George Washington University.

Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore

Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth

The Heritage Foundation

Stephen Moore

Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth
The Heritage Foundation

Stephen Moore, who formerly wrote on the economy and public policy for The Wall Street Journal, is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth, at The Heritage Foundation. Moore, who also was a member of The Journal's editorial board, returned to Heritage in January 2014—about 25 years after his tenure as the leading conservative think tank’s Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Budgetary Affairs from 1984 to 1987.

Moore was previously the founder and president of the Club for Growth, which raises money for political candidates who favor free-market economic policies. Moore also founded the Free Enterprise Fund before joining The Wall Street Journal.

Over the years, Moore has served as a senior economist at the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, and as a senior economics fellow at the Cato Institute, where he published dozens of studies on federal and state fiscal policy.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Moore served as senior economic advisor to Donald Trump and helped draft early versions of the Trump tax plan. He is currently a senior economics analyst at CNN, and author of "Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on Energy."

This year he is writing "Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to get our Economy Back on Track with Arthur Laffer."

John Walsh

John Walsh

Partner

McKinsey & Company

John Walsh

Partner
McKinsey & Company

John is a partner in our Risk Practice, advising clients on a variety of topics related to risk and regulation, including third party risk management. He has extensive knowledge of regulation, the banking industry, monetary policy, and economics.   Prior to joining McKinsey in 2012, John served as the acting Comptroller of the Currency from August 2010 until April 2012. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), a bureau of the US Treasury Department, supervises approximately 2,000 national banks and federal savings associations as well as 50 federal branches and agencies of foreign banks in the United States. From 2005 until 2010, John was the OCC’s Chief of Staff and Public Affairs.  John publishes regularly on his topics of focus and speaks at forums around the globe.

Anu Saxena

Anu Saxena

SVP Hilton Supply Management

Hilton

Anu Saxena

SVP Hilton Supply Management
Hilton

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Doug Bauder

Douglas Bauder

Vice President, Operational Services and Chief Procurement Officer

Southern California Edison

Douglas Bauder

Vice President, Operational Services and Chief Procurement Officer
Southern California Edison

Douglas Bauder is vice president, Operational Services and chief procurement officer at Southern California Edison (SCE). He is responsible for the strategic direction of Operational Services, including supply chain management, supplier diversity and development, transportation services, environmental services and corporate real estate. As chief procurement officer, he oversees purchasing of services and materials in excess of $4 billion annually to support the company’s goals to provide safe, reliable, affordable, and clean energy.

Prior to this position, Bauder served as vice president and station manager for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). After joining SCE in February 2009, Bauder was responsible for all aspects of a dual unit nuclear plant. He was in charge of strategic planning and improvements in station regulatory performance and industry excellence. Bauder also provided oversight of day-to-day plant activities associated with the operation and maintenance of the plant, security, training, engineering, procurement and the implementation of major projects. 

Before his tenure at SCE, Bauder served as the plant general manager for Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Maryland. During his 20 years at Calvert Cliffs, he led all aspects of plant management and implemented a site excellence plan, as well as a standard integrated program, that directly contributed to improved business performance functions. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. Bauder also served as a United States Naval Submarine Officer in Norfolk, Virginia. He is also a graduate of Edison International’s Executive Edge Program.

Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

Director, Sourcing and Procurement

Disney

Michael Cooper

Director, Sourcing and Procurement
Disney

Michael Cooper has been with Disney Parks and Resorts for the total of 13 years and in the position of a Director of Procurement and Sourcing for 11 years. Prior to coming to Disney, he was Purchasing Manager at the All American Gourmet Co. as well as at Nestle USA. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Management from the University of Utah.

John Evans

John Evans

Chief Procurement Officer

Ingersoll Rand

John Evans

Chief Procurement Officer
Ingersoll Rand

John Evans is vice president, Global Procurement for Ingersoll Rand. He was appointed to the position in October 2015.

John is a growth-oriented leader with two central beliefs: winning requires us to fully understand the needs of end-user customers, and serving end-user customers successfully stems from operational excellence, business transformation and employee engagement.

John has been with Ingersoll Rand since 2000 in a variety of roles of increasing importance. Prior to his appointment as leader of Global Procurement, John was the President of the Power Tools Strategic Business Unit (SBU) for Ingersoll Rand. Power Tools offers a robust portfolio of assembly, industrial, cordless, construction and vehicle service tools and accessories, and has a long-standing reputation for being powerful, ergonomically designed, reliable and efficient.

Prior to his role in Power Tools, John was the President of Residential Security Solutions at Ingersoll Rand where he had full profit and loss responsibility for the business including product and business development; sales and service; and accountability for operational excellence across global manufacturing and distribution.

Previously, John served as vice president of marketing and product management for Residential Solutions as well as vice president of operations for the company’s Climate Control Technologies sector; and vice president of enterprise services, helping to lead the integration of Trane into Ingersoll Rand. John has championed innovative product and solutions launches and executed and integrated acquisitions that expanded technologies and product portfolios. He has a passion for product and category management, and the creation of highly strategic marketing, channel and e-commerce programs that drive end user loyalty.

Before joining Ingersoll Rand in 2000, John was vice president of North American operations at Leoni Wiring Systems; worked as an operations manager at Marley Cooling Tower; and held a variety of positions at Electro-Wire Products. John began his career as a supplier quality assurance engineer in electronics at Cummins Engine Company.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University.

Michael Fath

Mike Fath

Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer

Caesars Entertainment

Mike Fath

Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer
Caesars Entertainment

Mike Fath is currently a Vice President and the Chief Procurement Officer for Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Mike’s team is responsible for Sourcing, Purchasing Operations and Supply Management in goods and services acquired by Caesars casino and hospitality properties in North America.

Mike’s team of 350 people buy everything from food, beverage and hospitality products, to gaming equipment and supplies, to media, advertising, promotional products and print, to professional services, (including legal services), information technology, facilities, equipment maintenance services and construction.

Mike leads Caesars Entertainment’s commitment to the diverse communities where it does business by procuring goods, products and services from a diversified pool of suppliers, contractors and professional service providers, and working with small local businesses to help them grow.

Prior to Caesars, Mike served as SVP of Procurement at First Group America (FGA), the largest transport operator in North America, operating 50,000 school buses under the brand First Student as well as owning Greyhound. While at FGA, Mike led the integration of sourcing and supply chain operations after the 2007 acquisition of Laidlaw doubled the size of the North American business.

Before joining FGA, Mike was a consulting Partner with KPMG.  Elected to the Partnership in 1994, he was a leader in the firm’s Supply Chain Consulting Practice in North America.

Mike has a Master of Business Administration, from Michigan State University and earned his undergraduate degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Of great personal interest to Mike is his involvement in the Jude’s Ranch for Children, where he serves a Board Member. He is deeply dedicated to their mission of “Transforming the lives of abused and at-risk children, young adults and families by empowering them to create new chances, new choices and new hope in a caring community.”

Brian Hadden

Brian Hadden

Senior Vice President Global Directs/ AMENA Procurement

PepsiCo

Brian Hadden

Senior Vice President Global Directs/ AMENA Procurement
PepsiCo

Brian joined PepsiCo in June of 2015 to lead the strategic sourcing and procurement agenda for PepsiCo’s Direct Procurement area and is accountable for $10 billion spend annually.  His areas of responsibility include global rigid and flexible packaging, energy, sweeteners and print graphics and quality.  He also has Procurement responsibility for the AMENA sector.

Brian joined PepsiCo from Mondelez/Kraft where he spent 20 years in roles of increasing responsibility.  He had roles in commodities, direct materials, indirect materials & services, 3rd party manufacturing and strategy and has been based in both Chicago and Atlanta.  He then moved to Singapore where he led Kraft Foods’ Asia Pacific Procurement organization.  During those five years, he integrated the acquisitions of Danone biscuit and Cadbury with new geographies, organizations and product portfolio.  Most recently he spent four years in Zurich where he was responsible for the global Chocolate Category Procurement organization.

Brian holds a BS in Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign and an MS in Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Michelle Hawkins

Michelle Hawkins

Senior Vice President Strategic Procurement

Charter Communications

Michelle Hawkins

Senior Vice President Strategic Procurement
Charter Communications

Michelle Hawkins is Senior Vice President of Procurement at Charter Communications and is located in Denver, Colorado. She joined Charter in June 2012 to develop and transform their Procurement organization. Michelle and her team provide Strategic Sourcing expertise aimed at bringing business value to functional areas across the enterprise. The organization also includes the centralized Purchasing and Contracts Administration functions and is responsible for Charter’s Supplier Diversity program.

Michelle's career began in the telecommunications industry. She spent 22 years at Motorola in various leadership positions in both Direct and Indirect Strategic Procurement. While at Motorola, she had global responsibility with team members in 16 different countries. Michelle also spent one year at Nokia Siemens Networks while she led the procurement integration after the acquisition of the former Motorola Networks business.

Michelle holds a bachelor's degree in Materials and Logistics Management from Michigan State University and a MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI and holds a Global Leadership Certificate from Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 2010, she was a Board Member of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Michelle also was an instructor for “Leadership in Supply Management” at DePaul University as part of their continuing education program in effort to prepare participants for ISM’s CPSM certification. Michelle is a 2016 BMLI Graduate, Class #33 and a member of WICT.

Gary Kallenbach

Gary (Emeritas) Kallenbach

Chief Procurement Officer

UPS

Gary (Emeritas) Kallenbach

Chief Procurement Officer
UPS

As the Chief Procurement Officer for UPS, Gary Kallenbach and his team manage all indirect and enterprise-wide complex commodities, including system technologies (hardware and software), professional services, energy and fuel purchases (diesel, air, LNG, propane). In addition, he is responsible for the UPS procure-to-pay process redesign and strategy. Gary also leads the company’s supplier diversity initiatives.

Prior to his current role, Gary served in a variety of executive level procurement positions at UPS. Before that, he was a Region Controller in the Midwest, District Controller for Long Island and New York, and an Accounting Manager in Chicago. He began his career with UPS as a loader, unloader and driver before beginning his management career as an Accounting Supervisor in Wisconsin. He has been with UPS for more than 39 years. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

In addition to his Procurement responsibilities, Gary currently serves on the board of the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC).  He actively supports organization like the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), and National Urban League, to name a few. Previously he served on the board of directors for Ramapo College of New Jersey. Internally, Gary serves on UPS’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.

Under his supplier diversity leadership, UPS has received numerous awards, including the Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses, America’s Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities, and America’s Top Corporation for Women Business Enterprises from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. UPS is one of only three companies to have received this honor for 17 consecutive years.

Angela Klett

Angie Klett

Senior Vice President, IT Chief Financial Officer and Chief Procurement Officer

Nationwide Insurance

Angie Klett

Senior Vice President, IT Chief Financial Officer and Chief Procurement Officer
Nationwide Insurance

Angie Klett is senior vice president IT CFO and Chief Procurement Officer (CPO).  As CFO, Angie is a strategic business partner to CIO Mike Keller, providing financial planning and reporting on the $1B+ IT budget.  Since a great deal of technology spend is sourced externally from suppliers, there’s a tight link to Angie’s responsibilities as CPO where she leads $4B of strategic sourcing and procurement for Nationwide.
 
Previously, Angie served as Vice President CFO for P&C Personal Lines and Standard Commercial lines where she was responsible for developing the 5-year financial plan, forecasting and reporting for both agency and direct.

Angie began her career as an accountant in the financial services side of Nationwide. She held a number of roles in finance before jumping into the property and casualty business where she spent nearly half of her career in leadership positions across sales and service centers, marketing, and product management.

Angie holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Chartered Financial Consultant designation and is a CPA. She currently serves as Treasurer and chair of the finance committee on the Berger Health System board in her local community of Circleville Ohio.  Additionally, she and her husband own and operate Burr Oak Nursery on their 70 acres.

Tom Lutz

Tom Lutz

Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer

US Bank

Tom Lutz

Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer
US Bank

Tom D. Lutz joined U.S. Bancorp as Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer in April, 2008. He is responsible for the corporate procurement organization involved with strategic sourcing, vendor management, and supplier diversity. Since joining U.S. Bancorp nine years ago, Tom has focused on delivering significantly greater value across the enterprise through more effective internal alignment, improved vendor relationships, strategic talent management, and a shareholder-centric view of operating costs and business practices.

Tom has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of procurement, supply chain management, and information systems. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Tom spent twenty years with General Mills in a variety of roles, and three years with Pulte Homes as National Vice President of Procurement.

Tom is a native of Minnesota, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Systems Analysis from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

Christina Najjar

Christina Najjar

Director, Procurement & Operations

AARP

Christina Najjar

Director, Procurement & Operations
AARP

Christina (Chris) Najjar is the Director, Procurement & Operations for AARP and was hired in 2013 to strategize and implement an extensive transformation of the department.  Chris has responsibility for managing, developing and implementing supply chain strategies to mitigate risk and streamline operations for the Procurement and Requisitioning Teams.  Chris leads a team of professionals who provide sourcing and contracting expertise to internal business clients which includes the Offices of the CEO/CFO/COO, Brand, Media, Research, Foundation, State and Local Communities, Multicultural Markets, Consulting and Professional Services.  Chris and her team manage the RFP and negotiations process supporting all client commodities.

Chris graduated with honors from Virginia Tech and has completed the HBS General Management/High Potential Leaders Program.

Gun Shim

Gun Shim

Vice President of Supply Chain Management

PG & E

Gun Shim

Vice President of Supply Chain Management
PG & E

Gun S. Shim is Vice President of Supply Chain Management for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is responsible for PG&E’s Supply Chain policies and standards, responsible for Strategic Sourcing, enhancing supplier relationships, materials and inventory management, logistics, Supplier Quality Assurance, and Logistics Emergency Response.

Shim has over 25 years of supply chain and procurement experience. Before joining PG&E in September 2009, he was the Vice President, Procurement with T-Mobile USA. Prior to this role, Shim spent over 17 years with SBC Communications, now AT&T, where he held various vice president positions within Shared Services and Supply Chain.  At SBC, Shim was one of the leaders who led supply chain merger integrations which included some of the largest mergers at that time.

He was also a principle owner of GS and Company that provided project management and strategic sourcing solutions. As a principal, Shim specialized in raising venture capital for web-enabled buying portals and forming consortium buying groups targeted at specific categories.

Shim holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. He serves on several boards that help advance supply chain principles and practices.

Dk Singh

DK Singh

Chief Purchasing Officer

Schneider Electric

DK Singh

Chief Purchasing Officer
Schneider Electric

DK has 28 years of leadership experience in industrial/energy management, consumer product, technology, auto, and power equipment manufacturing environment with direct experience in engineering and supply chain including procurement (direct and indirect), logistics, supply-demand, inventory management, and operations.

DK is currently a Chief Purchasing Officer for the Schneider Electric with a global procurement responsibility of $15B spend. He has been with Schneider Electric since August 2014.

Prior to his current position at Schneider Electric, DK spent eight years at ConAgra Foods as a CPO and had the responsibility of enterprise procurement with $10B global spend. Prior to this, he spent three years at Motorola where he held the roles of senior executive in Procurement. He was the Vice President of Procurement for the Motorola’s Mobile Devices Group and had the responsibility of $12B Sourcing for the cell phone business. DK was also the Vice President with Motorola’s Global Procurement function with the responsibilities of Indirect Global Sourcing with $6.0B+ spend.

Before joining Motorola in 2003, DK spent 15 years with IBM Corp in many different leadership roles including product development, engineering, logistics, supply/demand, inventory mgmt, and Global Procurement. His last responsibilities at IBM included managing Global Services Procurement with significant responsibilities.

DK has a Master’s in Industrial Engineering, a BS in Mechanical Engineering and has been a registered Professional Engineer (PE). He has published many articles related to manufacturing and supply-chain in external and internal journals. He has been on the Advisory Board for Resin Technology, NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council) and works closely with USPAACC.

Denita Willoughby

Denita Willoughby

Vice President of Supply Management

Sempra Energy Utility (San Diego Gas & Electric and SoCalGas)

Denita Willoughby

Vice President of Supply Management
Sempra Energy Utility (San Diego Gas & Electric and SoCalGas)

Denita Willoughby is vice president of supply management for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities.  She is responsible for overseeing the areas of supply management and supplier diversity.  Willoughby previously served as regional vice president of external affairs for SoCalGas, where she led the company’s community relations, public affairs, and media & employee communication efforts.

Before joining Sempra Energy, Willoughby held leadership positions at AT&T, which included vice president of television programming during the roll out of U-Verse; vice president of external affairs, leading the company’s government and community affairs activities; and regional sales vice president for SBC Communications.

She serves on the boards of The Center for Global Supply Chain Management at USC, Vision to Learn, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and as board chair for UNITE-LA.  She is an advocate for improving educational outcomes for all children and dedicates time to mentoring professionals wishing to advance their careers.

Willoughby has a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Bill Kornegay

William Kornegay

SVP, Supply Management

Hilton Worldwide

William Kornegay

SVP, Supply Management
Hilton Worldwide

William F. Kornegay, Jr. is senior vice president of Hilton supply management (HSM). He directs the formulation and implementation of Hilton Worldwide’s corporate procurement policies and procedures and oversees the global HSM team, which negotiates and implements agreements with product and service providers in more than 90 countries. Mr. Kornegay serves as the executive sponsor for Hilton Worldwide’s African-American Team Member Resource Group, an affinity network that fosters an inclusive corporate culture and promotes professional growth and development for all team members.

Prior to Hilton, Mr. Kornegay has more than 20 years of domestic and international operational leadership experience with Fortune 500 consumer goods companies; he most recently served as senior vice president, global supply chain, at Godiva Chocolatier Inc.

Mr. Kornegay is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and has been recognized as a top supplier diversity executive by Black Enterprise, Savoy and Black EOE Journal magazines. Under his leadership, Hilton Worldwide’s supplier diversity program has won recognition and awards from several networks and magazines including DiversityInc, Hispanic Network Magazine, and DiversityBusiness.com.

Kornegay earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University. He is based at Hilton Worldwide’s global headquarters in McLean, VA.

Mark Reed

Mark Reed

CPO

AARP

Mark Reed

CPO
AARP

Mr. Reed joined AARP as the Chief Procurement Officer in the Financial Services Group in January of 2012.  He leads the Procurement and Contract Management department, with team members in Washington D.C. and Lakewood, California.  He brings over 15 years of experience as a supply chain and procurement executive, across a mix of both consulting and industry positions.  During his tenure with Accenture and Capgemini, Mark specialized in procurement transformation and strategic sourcing, helping companies such as Time Warner and 7-11 implement centralized procurement organizations, e-procurement technologies, and sourcing processes and cost management programs.  As the Director of Strategic Sourcing for C&S Wholesale Grocers, a $20 billion privately-held company, he built the company’s procurement capability and team from the ground up.  Most recently, Mark was the Vice President of Procurement and Business Services for Limited Brands, owners of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, where he managed a global team of procurement professionals with responsibility for over $1 billion in annual expenditures. Prior to becoming a supply chain and procurement professional, Mark served on active duty as a Naval Intelligence Officer.

Mark has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Dave Wheeler

Dave Wheeler

SVP, Global Supply Chain & Fleet Mgt.

Cintas

Dave Wheeler

SVP, Global Supply Chain & Fleet Mgt.
Cintas

Dave Wheeler is Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Fleet Management at the Cintas Corporation. Dave joined Cintas in 2001 as a leader within the Distribution Division. Since then, he has served in progressively broader leadership roles at Cintas.

In his role as Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Fleet Management, Dave oversees Cintas’s company-owned and contracted manufacturing plants, procurement of raw materials, strategic sourcing, and nine (9) distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada. He is also responsible for supplier diversity, environmental sustainability, production planning and replenishment, textile research and development, transportation, import/export, inventory management, global supply chain Six Sigma initiatives, fleet management, SAP enterprise development and global supply chain accounts payable.

With a direct spend of $1.3 billion annually, the company’s global supply chain employs 2,100 direct employees and more than 9,000 employees within contractor-owned locations.

Wheeler, 52, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Merrimack College and an MBA in Operations Management and Finance from Miami University.

Shelley Stewart

Shelley Stewart

Vice President, Sourcing & Logistics and CPO

DuPont

Shelley Stewart

Vice President, Sourcing & Logistics and CPO
DuPont

Shelley Stewart, Jr. is Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at DuPont, where he leads global procurement and logistics. His role is to improve efficiency and deliver cost savings across the enterprise. In January 2016, he assumed the responsibility for Facilities Services and Real Estate.  Before joining DuPont, Shelley was Senior Vice President of Operational Excellence and Chief Procurement Officer at Tyco, where he led Procurement, Information Technology, Lean Six Sigma and Real Estate, and where he delivered $1B in cost savings in his first three years.  Prior positions include SVP of Supply Chain at Invensys, VP of Supply Chain at Raytheon, and 18 years at United Technologies, where he led various senior level operations and supply chain roles.

Currently, Shelley is on the board of directors of Cleco Corporation, a Louisiana regulated utility, where he serves on the audit committee and is chair of the nominating and governance committee.  He is chair of the Board of Visitors at Howard University’s School of Business and is a member of Northeastern University’s Corporation.  He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Drexel University Center for Corporate Governance.  Shelley is Vice Chair of the Board for the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
A former chair of the Institute for Supply Management, he has been consistently recognized as a leader within and external to the supply chain profession.  He has been identified as one of the 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America by Black Enterprise, and recognized by Savoy.  In 2013 he was named a Bartels Fellow by the University of New Haven.  In 2011 Shelley was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to serve on the U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Minority Business.

Shelley holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Haven and both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. He is co-author of Straight To The Bottom Line™: An Executive’s Roadmap to World Class Supply Management, (J.Ross Publishing).

John Evans

John Evans

Chief Procurement Officer

Ingersoll Rand

John Evans

Chief Procurement Officer
Ingersoll Rand

John Evans is vice president, Global Procurement for Ingersoll Rand. He was appointed to the position in October 2015.

John is a growth-oriented leader with two central beliefs: winning requires us to fully understand the needs of end-user customers, and serving end-user customers successfully stems from operational excellence, business transformation and employee engagement.

John has been with Ingersoll Rand since 2000 in a variety of roles of increasing importance. Prior to his appointment as leader of Global Procurement, John was the President of the Power Tools Strategic Business Unit (SBU) for Ingersoll Rand. Power Tools offers a robust portfolio of assembly, industrial, cordless, construction and vehicle service tools and accessories, and has a long-standing reputation for being powerful, ergonomically designed, reliable and efficient.

Prior to his role in Power Tools, John was the President of Residential Security Solutions at Ingersoll Rand where he had full profit and loss responsibility for the business including product and business development; sales and service; and accountability for operational excellence across global manufacturing and distribution.

Previously, John served as vice president of marketing and product management for Residential Solutions as well as vice president of operations for the company’s Climate Control Technologies sector; and vice president of enterprise services, helping to lead the integration of Trane into Ingersoll Rand. John has championed innovative product and solutions launches and executed and integrated acquisitions that expanded technologies and product portfolios. He has a passion for product and category management, and the creation of highly strategic marketing, channel and e-commerce programs that drive end user loyalty.

Before joining Ingersoll Rand in 2000, John was vice president of North American operations at Leoni Wiring Systems; worked as an operations manager at Marley Cooling Tower; and held a variety of positions at Electro-Wire Products. John began his career as a supplier quality assurance engineer in electronics at Cummins Engine Company.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University.

Stacey Taylor

Stacey Taylor

SVO & CPO

MGM Resorts International

Stacey Taylor

SVO & CPO
MGM Resorts International

Stacey Taylor joined MGM Resorts International in October 2015 as SVP & Chief Procurement Officer.  She provides leadership and strategic vision to Global Procurement and is implementing a Companywide procurement program inclusive of sourcing, purchasing, program management and supplier management to optimize financial savings impact and improve associated processes to drive efficiency.

Stacey has nearly 30 years of experience in procurement, purchasing and sourcing. She has served in leadership positions with ConAgra Foods from 2006-2015, most recently as Vice President of Integration, where she handled the design and implementation of a procurement integration plan following the company’s acquisition of Ralcorp. Prior to that, Stacey served as ConAgra’s Vice President of Ingredients and Vice President of Indirect & Capital Services. Stacey’s previous experience also includes nearly a decade of work with Tyco International, including as Director of Global Sourcing and Director of Global Travel.

Stacey received her Master of Business Administration Degree from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., and her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Dowling College in Oakdale, NY.

She previously served as the Director of YWCA Omaha, President of The Nebraska High School Lacrosse Association, and member of the Great Plains Minority Supplier Diversity Council, and the New England Minority Supplier Diversity Council.

Michael Hourihan

Michael Hourihan

VP & Market Supply Officer

Frito-Lay North America

Michael Hourihan

VP & Market Supply Officer
Frito-Lay North America

Michael Hourihan is Vice President and Market Supply Officer for Frito-Lay North America where he leads the strategic sourcing agenda across a diverse portfolio of ingredients, packaging, goods and services.

Michael joined PepsiCo in 1996 and has held a variety of strategic sourcing leadership roles across Foods and Beverages in both direct and indirect sourcing categories.
As he built his career, Michael has operated in UK, Switzerland, Ireland and North America.  Before his current role, Michael led the Global Procurement Center of Excellence for Beverage Packaging based in New York.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from the University College Dublin, Ireland, and a post graduate from Kingston University Business School, London, UK.

Dk Singh

DK Singh

Chief Purchasing Officer

Schneider Electric

DK Singh

Chief Purchasing Officer
Schneider Electric

DK has 28 years of leadership experience in industrial/energy management, consumer product, technology, auto, and power equipment manufacturing environment with direct experience in engineering and supply chain including procurement (direct and indirect), logistics, supply-demand, inventory management, and operations.

DK is currently a Chief Purchasing Officer for the Schneider Electric with a global procurement responsibility of $15B spend. He has been with Schneider Electric since August 2014.

Prior to his current position at Schneider Electric, DK spent eight years at ConAgra Foods as a CPO and had the responsibility of enterprise procurement with $10B global spend. Prior to this, he spent three years at Motorola where he held the roles of senior executive in Procurement. He was the Vice President of Procurement for the Motorola’s Mobile Devices Group and had the responsibility of $12B Sourcing for the cell phone business. DK was also the Vice President with Motorola’s Global Procurement function with the responsibilities of Indirect Global Sourcing with $6.0B+ spend.

Before joining Motorola in 2003, DK spent 15 years with IBM Corp in many different leadership roles including product development, engineering, logistics, supply/demand, inventory mgmt, and Global Procurement. His last responsibilities at IBM included managing Global Services Procurement with significant responsibilities.

DK has a Master’s in Industrial Engineering, a BS in Mechanical Engineering and has been a registered Professional Engineer (PE). He has published many articles related to manufacturing and supply-chain in external and internal journals. He has been on the Advisory Board for Resin Technology, NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council) and works closely with USPAACC.

Jeff Franklin

Jeff Franklin

VP, Supply Chain Management

Southern Company

Jeff Franklin

VP, Supply Chain Management
Southern Company

Jeff Franklin is vice president of supply chain management for Southern Company. In that role, he is responsible for Southern Company’s supply chain strategy, including strategic sourcing, contract management, logistics, inventory optimization, asset disposition and supplier diversity initiatives.

A native of Alabama, Jeff received both an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama. He later earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama - Birmingham. Jeff attended Harvard’s Executive MBA program in the fall of 2008.

Jeff began his Southern Company career in 1986 as a utility man at Alabama Power’s Plant Miller. He later worked as a student engineer in Alabama Power’s Western division and as a district engineer in the company’s Birmingham division.

Jeff subsequently transferred into Alabama Power’s corporate marketing energy services and enhanced power quality organizations. While participating in the Southern Company Services (SCS) pipeline program, he gained experience with Southern Wholesale Energy, SCS system planning and SCS finance. He then served as project manager for Southern Company Generation strategy and development, where he was responsible for constructing Plant Stanton, a combined-cycle project in Orlando, Florida.

In 2003, Jeff became assistant to the executive vice president of external affairs for Alabama Power. In 2005, he joined Georgia Power as vice president of the company’s Northwest region, and in 2008, he became vice president of sales. In 2009, he was named Georgia Power’s vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs.

Jeff joined Mississippi Power in 2011 as vice president of the customer services organization, where he was responsible for all customer-related activities, including customer accounting, customer call centers, transmission, distribution, engineering, division operations, economic development and marketing.

Jeff serves on the EPRI-Power Delivery & Utilization Sector Council; the Southeastern Electric Exchange Engineering & Operations Executive Committee; the Mississippi Energy Policy Institute Board; the board of the Gulf Coast Renaissance Corporation; and the Boy Scouts of America Pine Burr Area Council. He was also a participant in the 2012 Leadership Mississippi class. He has previously served on the boards of the Greater Rome (Ga.) Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA, Coosa Valley Technical College and the Boy Scouts of America of Northwest Georgia and the Atlanta area, and as a member of the Rome Rotary Club.

Tim Mueller

Tim Mueller

EVP, Head of Strategic Sourcing Management, Insurance Risk & Corporate Real Estate

SunTrust Bank

Tim Mueller

EVP, Head of Strategic Sourcing Management, Insurance Risk & Corporate Real Estate
SunTrust Bank

Timothy S. Mueller is Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise Core Services. In this role Tim is responsible for the Strategic Sourcing Management, Corporate Real Estate & Workplace, and Aviation businesses. This includes stewardship and support for over $2 billion of sourceable third-party spend and occupancy expense. Prior to his current role, Tim was Executive Vice President and Head of the Wholesale Business Information Office (BIO) at SunTrust. In this role Tim was responsible for information management, including information strategy, analytics, reporting and data governance, along with technology strategy, investment planning, prioritization and execution for the Wholesale Banking Division.

Prior to becoming the Wholesale BIO in 2012, Tim was Head of Business Consulting and Operations for Diversified Commercial Banking where he was responsible for business strategy, financial analysis, client insights, change management, project execution and reward and recognition programs. From 2008 to 2010 Tim was the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH) and Head of STRH Services. He was responsible for middle and back office operations, quality assurance and technology strategy, execution and support for the investment banking lines of business within STRH. Prior to becoming COO in 2008, Tim was Co-Head of STRH’s Asset Securitization Group, where he led a team responsible for originating, structuring and closing securitization transactions financed through both the asset-backed term and commercial paper markets for SunTrust clients. Tim joined SunTrust in 1999 from the U.S. Air Force where he spent the previous seven years. While in the Air Force, Tim was an instructor of Mathematical Sciences at the U.S. Air Force Academy and also spent time as a Scientific Analyst working on infrared counter measures and computer-based air battle simulation.

Tim graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also earned a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix (Colorado Springs campus).

Tim enjoys most outdoor sports and spending time with his family. He and his wife Tricia have three children (two boys and a girl).

Gary Kallenbach

Gary (Emeritas) Kallenbach

Chief Procurement Officer

UPS

Gary (Emeritas) Kallenbach

Chief Procurement Officer
UPS

As the Chief Procurement Officer for UPS, Gary Kallenbach and his team manage all indirect and enterprise-wide complex commodities, including system technologies (hardware and software), professional services, energy and fuel purchases (diesel, air, LNG, propane). In addition, he is responsible for the UPS procure-to-pay process redesign and strategy. Gary also leads the company’s supplier diversity initiatives.

Prior to his current role, Gary served in a variety of executive level procurement positions at UPS. Before that, he was a Region Controller in the Midwest, District Controller for Long Island and New York, and an Accounting Manager in Chicago. He began his career with UPS as a loader, unloader and driver before beginning his management career as an Accounting Supervisor in Wisconsin. He has been with UPS for more than 39 years. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

In addition to his Procurement responsibilities, Gary currently serves on the board of the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC).  He actively supports organization like the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), and National Urban League, to name a few. Previously he served on the board of directors for Ramapo College of New Jersey. Internally, Gary serves on UPS’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.

Under his supplier diversity leadership, UPS has received numerous awards, including the Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses, America’s Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities, and America’s Top Corporation for Women Business Enterprises from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. UPS is one of only three companies to have received this honor for 17 consecutive years.

Tom Lutz

Tom Lutz

Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer

US Bank

Tom Lutz

Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer
US Bank

Tom D. Lutz joined U.S. Bancorp as Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer in April, 2008. He is responsible for the corporate procurement organization involved with strategic sourcing, vendor management, and supplier diversity. Since joining U.S. Bancorp nine years ago, Tom has focused on delivering significantly greater value across the enterprise through more effective internal alignment, improved vendor relationships, strategic talent management, and a shareholder-centric view of operating costs and business practices.

Tom has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of procurement, supply chain management, and information systems. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Tom spent twenty years with General Mills in a variety of roles, and three years with Pulte Homes as National Vice President of Procurement.

Tom is a native of Minnesota, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Systems Analysis from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

Greg Schmid

Greg Schmid

SVP, Head of Supply Chain Management

Wells Fargo

Greg Schmid

SVP, Head of Supply Chain Management
Wells Fargo

Greg Schmid is Senior Vice President and Head of Supply Chain Management at Wells Fargo & Company.  In this role, Greg is responsible for enterprise expense reduction strategies, overseeing supplier negotiations, mitigating third party risk, and leading the company’s global source-to-settle procurement strategy.  In support of social responsibility initiatives, Greg leads Wells Fargo’s commitment to supplier diversity by integrating certified diverse suppliers into strategic sourcing activities, connecting with communities through outreach programs, and supporting environmental sustainability initiatives.

Joining Wells Fargo in 2000, Greg became involved in the company’s initial strategic sourcing effort and has been instrumental in building Wells Fargo’s current supply chain capabilities.  Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Greg held various supply chain and engineering positions in aerospace, industrial automation, and automotive industries.

Greg earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Michigan State University and his master’s degree from Keller Graduate School of Management in Phoenix, Arizona.

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George Sloan

George Sloan

VP, Global Business and Operations Supply Chain

AT&T

George Sloan

VP, Global Business and Operations Supply Chain
AT&T

George Sloan leads AT&T’s Global Business and Operations Supply Chain Organization responsible for $20B in spend across Network, IT, and Enterprise Sales, including Cell Site Equipment and Construction, Cloud Data Centers, and International Support. Previously, George led AT&T’s Consumer Supply Chain team responsible for the procurement and logistics of mobility devices, DSL, and Uverse customer premise equipment and the procurement of over $15B in G&A. He led the Cingular merger integration for AT&T Wireless’ supply chain and the supplier diversity initiatives at both AT&T Wireless and Cingular.  His career has included manufacturing & quality roles for NCR, AT&T Wireless, Cingular, and now AT&T.

George received his MBA from Michigan State and BS from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.

Michael Fath

Mike Fath

Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer

Caesars Entertainment

Mike Fath

Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer
Caesars Entertainment

Mike Fath is currently a Vice President and the Chief Procurement Officer for Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Mike’s team is responsible for Sourcing, Purchasing Operations and Supply Management in goods and services acquired by Caesars casino and hospitality properties in North America.

Mike’s team of 350 people buy everything from food, beverage and hospitality products, to gaming equipment and supplies, to media, advertising, promotional products and print, to professional services, (including legal services), information technology, facilities, equipment maintenance services and construction.

Mike leads Caesars Entertainment’s commitment to the diverse communities where it does business by procuring goods, products and services from a diversified pool of suppliers, contractors and professional service providers, and working with small local businesses to help them grow.

Prior to Caesars, Mike served as SVP of Procurement at First Group America (FGA), the largest transport operator in North America, operating 50,000 school buses under the brand First Student as well as owning Greyhound. While at FGA, Mike led the integration of sourcing and supply chain operations after the 2007 acquisition of Laidlaw doubled the size of the North American business.

Before joining FGA, Mike was a consulting Partner with KPMG.  Elected to the Partnership in 1994, he was a leader in the firm’s Supply Chain Consulting Practice in North America.

Mike has a Master of Business Administration, from Michigan State University and earned his undergraduate degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Of great personal interest to Mike is his involvement in the Jude’s Ranch for Children, where he serves a Board Member. He is deeply dedicated to their mission of “Transforming the lives of abused and at-risk children, young adults and families by empowering them to create new chances, new choices and new hope in a caring community.”

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Jim Gorzalski

CPO

Capital One

Jim Gorzalski

CPO
Capital One

Jeff Corbet

Jeffrey Corbett

SVP, CPO

Duke Energy

Jeffrey Corbett

SVP, CPO
Duke Energy

As Duke Energy’s senior vice president and chief procurement officer, Jeff Corbett is responsible for the sourcing and supply chain functions for both the company’s regulated and commercial operations. He assumed his current position in August 2014.

Previously, Corbett served as senior vice president of Carolinas delivery operations for the company’s regulated utilities. In that role, he oversaw the operations of the company’s electric distribution system in North Carolina and South Carolina, including construction, maintenance, engineering, and resource and project management.

Corbett has 32 years of experience in the electric utility industry in a variety of engineering and leadership roles. He spent the first 17 years of his career with Dominion-Virginia Power before joining Progress Energy in 1999. Prior to the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in July 2012, Corbett served as senior vice president of energy delivery for Progress Energy Carolinas.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte. He is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and Florida.
Active in the community, Corbett chairs the North Carolina Symphony Society board of trustees and serves on the board of directors of North Carolina New Schools. He is also on the executive committee for the Supply Chain Leaders in Action and is a member of the Charlotte CPO Circle.

Corbett resides in Charlotte, N.C., with his wife, Jean.

Bill Kornegay

William Kornegay

SVP, Supply Management

Hilton Worldwide

William Kornegay

SVP, Supply Management
Hilton Worldwide

William F. Kornegay, Jr. is senior vice president of Hilton supply management (HSM). He directs the formulation and implementation of Hilton Worldwide’s corporate procurement policies and procedures and oversees the global HSM team, which negotiates and implements agreements with product and service providers in more than 90 countries. Mr. Kornegay serves as the executive sponsor for Hilton Worldwide’s African-American Team Member Resource Group, an affinity network that fosters an inclusive corporate culture and promotes professional growth and development for all team members.

Prior to Hilton, Mr. Kornegay has more than 20 years of domestic and international operational leadership experience with Fortune 500 consumer goods companies; he most recently served as senior vice president, global supply chain, at Godiva Chocolatier Inc.

Mr. Kornegay is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and has been recognized as a top supplier diversity executive by Black Enterprise, Savoy and Black EOE Journal magazines. Under his leadership, Hilton Worldwide’s supplier diversity program has won recognition and awards from several networks and magazines including DiversityInc, Hispanic Network Magazine, and DiversityBusiness.com.

Kornegay earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University. He is based at Hilton Worldwide’s global headquarters in McLean, VA.

Keith Sultana

Keith Sultana

VP, Global Procurement

Ingersoll Rand

Keith Sultana

VP, Global Procurement
Ingersoll Rand

Keith Sultana joined Ingersoll Rand in November 2008 and was appointed Vice President, Global Procurement in January 2015. Ingersoll Rand’s family of brands includes Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®. Keith’s responsibilities include overseeing a global purchase spend in excess of $7 billion, developing a supplier development team managing 7,000+ direct material suppliers, and leading the company’s Quality Leadership Team. To support the company’s growth and operational excellence strategies, he is currently focused on three key initiatives:  new product development, functional expertise, and supplier innovation.

Prior to his appointment to lead Global Procurement, Keith began his Ingersoll Rand career as Vice President, Global Integrated Supply Chain for Industrial Technologies; was then appointed Vice President, Global Integrated Supply Chain for Climate Solutions; and finally appointed Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain for Trane North America and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Prior to Ingersoll Rand, Keith was with General Electric for 17 years where he held various operations and distribution roles.

Keith has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.

Stephane Masson

Stephane Masson

Senior Vice President Global Procurement

Marriott International

Stephane Masson

Senior Vice President Global Procurement
Marriott International

Stephane entered the hospitality industry in 1990 and has a degree in Hotel Business Administration.  His career began with Holiday Inn and later he joined the Ramada/ Renaissance group to set up their purchasing department in Eschborn (Germany) covering EMEA. In 1997, Stephane was named Regional Director of Procurement for Continental Europe, overseeing Marriott’s procurement operations to drive margins optimization from contract programs and provide services and savings to our regional teams and owners. In 2002 Stephane was promoted to Vice President International Procurement, managing successfully procurement functions in London, Dubai, Shanghai, Sydney, Bangkok, Eschborn, Paris, Cap Town, Hong Kong and Mumbai. He was responsible for assisting our hotels to maximize buying leverage, providing support to ensure compliance and monitoring service levels of vendors.

As the leader of the Global Procurement Team, Stephane who is a 23-year veteran with Marriott, successfully led the team through the Starwood hotels acquisition, which added ,500 hotels to the 4,000 already supported by the team.

In 2017 Stephane was promoted to Senior Vice President and continues to develop opportunities by leading a team to manage and deploy global key procurement initiatives and strategies including an EProcurement tool which is scalable, environmentally responsible, increases synergies between domestic and international contacts and advances global supplier diversity.

Grace Puma

Grace Puma

SVP & CPO

PepsiCo

Grace Puma

SVP & CPO
PepsiCo

Grace Puma Whiteford is senior vice president & chief procurement officer of PepsiCo. In its global portfolio of food and beverage brands, PepsiCo has 22 different brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. PepsiCo’s main businesses include Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola. With annual net revenues of more than $65 billion, PepsiCo makes hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world.

Puma joined PepsiCo in 2010. She is responsible for leading the company’s Global Procurement Function, including ensuring quality along the supply chain, robust commodity risk management practices, best in class productivity delivery and innovation via supplier partnerships and technologies. Her team manages the company’s ~ $30 billion global purchases spend.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Puma worked for United Airlines (UA), where she served as senior vice president, Chief Procurement Officer since 2007. She led the transformation of UA’s procurement organization to a global Strategic Sourcing function with an enterprise-wide scope. Puma and her team delivered significant savings across the value chain, while effectively handling risk management through the jet fuel crises in 2008.

Before joining UA, she led key areas of Strategic Supply Management globally at Kraft Foods, including raw materials, packaging, indirect materials and services. Puma rose to positions of increasing responsibility at Kraft from 1999 to 2007. She also worked in Strategic Supply Management at Motorola and Gillette.

Puma is based in Purchase, N.Y.

Gun Shim

Gun Shim

Vice President of Supply Chain Management

PG & E

Gun Shim

Vice President of Supply Chain Management
PG & E

Gun S. Shim is Vice President of Supply Chain Management for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is responsible for PG&E’s Supply Chain policies and standards, responsible for Strategic Sourcing, enhancing supplier relationships, materials and inventory management, logistics, Supplier Quality Assurance, and Logistics Emergency Response.

Shim has over 25 years of supply chain and procurement experience. Before joining PG&E in September 2009, he was the Vice President, Procurement with T-Mobile USA. Prior to this role, Shim spent over 17 years with SBC Communications, now AT&T, where he held various vice president positions within Shared Services and Supply Chain.  At SBC, Shim was one of the leaders who led supply chain merger integrations which included some of the largest mergers at that time.

He was also a principle owner of GS and Company that provided project management and strategic sourcing solutions. As a principal, Shim specialized in raising venture capital for web-enabled buying portals and forming consortium buying groups targeted at specific categories.

Shim holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. He serves on several boards that help advance supply chain principles and practices.

Austin Mckeehan

Austin McKeehan

VP, Head of Strategic Sourcing & Finance Operations

TIAA-CREF

Austin McKeehan

VP, Head of Strategic Sourcing & Finance Operations
TIAA-CREF

Austin joined TIAA-CREF in early 2009 and heads the Strategic Sourcing Department. Austin and his team manage approximately $2 billion in spend and negotiate more than 2,000 deals annually across various spend categories on behalf of TIAA-CREF’s business units. He has been instrumental in transforming TIAA-CREF’s Strategic Sourcing department from its non-profit heritage to an industry-leading Sourcing organization. Austin also leads TIAA-CREF’s Supplier Diversity Program and the company’s diverse spend has doubled from 7% to 15% under his leadership.

TIAA and Austin’s team recently received the following recognition:

  • Best Procurement Team – 2012 and 2013 finalist (1 of 8 teams nominated out of 400 applicants)
  • Diversity Inc. Top 50 – June 2013 & 2014 (placed 41 and 36, respectively)
  • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Financial Services “Corporation of the Year” Finalist – 2014 (1 of 3 finalists selected)
  • NY&NJ Minority Supplier Development Council “Corporation of the Year” Finalist – 2014 (1 of 3 finalists selected)

Prior to TIAA-CREF, Austin led a team of sourcing professionals at Bank of America, where he was a part of 7 mergers and acquisitions, managed more than $2 Billion in spend and obtained his Six Sigma Black Belt.

Austin also worked for Ford Motor Company and Vastera (a joint venture with Ford Motor Company). At Vastera, he held leadership positions in their Finance, Business Strategy and Operations departments. He also played a key role in their IPO and helped open their Tokyo, Japan office.

Mr. McKeehan holds an MBA from the University of Michigan with an emphasis in Corporate Strategy and obtained his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, where he studied Business Management and Japanese.

Mr. McKeehan is married and has three children, two boys and a girl.

Gary Kallenbach

Gary (Emeritas) Kallenbach

Chief Procurement Officer

UPS

Gary (Emeritas) Kallenbach

Chief Procurement Officer
UPS

As the Chief Procurement Officer for UPS, Gary Kallenbach and his team manage all indirect and enterprise-wide complex commodities, including system technologies (hardware and software), professional services, energy and fuel purchases (diesel, air, LNG, propane). In addition, he is responsible for the UPS procure-to-pay process redesign and strategy. Gary also leads the company’s supplier diversity initiatives.

Prior to his current role, Gary served in a variety of executive level procurement positions at UPS. Before that, he was a Region Controller in the Midwest, District Controller for Long Island and New York, and an Accounting Manager in Chicago. He began his career with UPS as a loader, unloader and driver before beginning his management career as an Accounting Supervisor in Wisconsin. He has been with UPS for more than 39 years. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

In addition to his Procurement responsibilities, Gary currently serves on the board of the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC).  He actively supports organization like the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), and National Urban League, to name a few. Previously he served on the board of directors for Ramapo College of New Jersey. Internally, Gary serves on UPS’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.

Under his supplier diversity leadership, UPS has received numerous awards, including the Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses, America’s Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities, and America’s Top Corporation for Women Business Enterprises from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. UPS is one of only three companies to have received this honor for 17 consecutive years.

Mark Wan

Mark Wan

VP, Head of Strategic Sourcing

Webster Bank

Mark Wan

VP, Head of Strategic Sourcing
Webster Bank

Mark Wan currently serves as the VP and Head of Strategic Sourcing at Webster Bank in Connecticut, responsible for the end-to-end sourcing strategy and process across all areas of indirect spend, revenue partnerships, and outsourcing. His career spans increasingly senior positions within Procurement and consulting at Morgan Stanley, Guardian Life, and JVKellyGroup, a boutique expense management consulting firm. Previously, Mark worked as a senior consultant to over 1,500 startup small to mid-sized businesses and has served as a speaker with the CPO Exchange, Financial Services Outsourcing Knowledge Exchange, and adjunct lecturer at St. Joseph’s College. He holds a BS in Marketing and MBA in Management and Competitive Strategy from Fordham University.

Greg Schmid

Greg Schmid

SVP, Head of Supply Chain Management

Wells Fargo

Greg Schmid

SVP, Head of Supply Chain Management
Wells Fargo

Greg Schmid is Senior Vice President and Head of Supply Chain Management at Wells Fargo & Company.  In this role, Greg is responsible for enterprise expense reduction strategies, overseeing supplier negotiations, mitigating third party risk, and leading the company’s global source-to-settle procurement strategy.  In support of social responsibility initiatives, Greg leads Wells Fargo’s commitment to supplier diversity by integrating certified diverse suppliers into strategic sourcing activities, connecting with communities through outreach programs, and supporting environmental sustainability initiatives.

Joining Wells Fargo in 2000, Greg became involved in the company’s initial strategic sourcing effort and has been instrumental in building Wells Fargo’s current supply chain capabilities.  Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Greg held various supply chain and engineering positions in aerospace, industrial automation, and automotive industries.

Greg earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Michigan State University and his master’s degree from Keller Graduate School of Management in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Mark Reed

Mark Reed

CPO

AARP

Mark Reed

CPO
AARP

Mr. Reed joined AARP as the Chief Procurement Officer in the Financial Services Group in January of 2012.  He leads the Procurement and Contract Management department, with team members in Washington D.C. and Lakewood, California.  He brings over 15 years of experience as a supply chain and procurement executive, across a mix of both consulting and industry positions.  During his tenure with Accenture and Capgemini, Mark specialized in procurement transformation and strategic sourcing, helping companies such as Time Warner and 7-11 implement centralized procurement organizations, e-procurement technologies, and sourcing processes and cost management programs.  As the Director of Strategic Sourcing for C&S Wholesale Grocers, a $20 billion privately-held company, he built the company’s procurement capability and team from the ground up.  Most recently, Mark was the Vice President of Procurement and Business Services for Limited Brands, owners of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, where he managed a global team of procurement professionals with responsibility for over $1 billion in annual expenditures. Prior to becoming a supply chain and procurement professional, Mark served on active duty as a Naval Intelligence Officer.

Mark has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

George Sloan

George Sloan

VP, Global Business and Operations Supply Chain

AT&T

George Sloan

VP, Global Business and Operations Supply Chain
AT&T

George Sloan leads AT&T’s Global Business and Operations Supply Chain Organization responsible for $20B in spend across Network, IT, and Enterprise Sales, including Cell Site Equipment and Construction, Cloud Data Centers, and International Support. Previously, George led AT&T’s Consumer Supply Chain team responsible for the procurement and logistics of mobility devices, DSL, and Uverse customer premise equipment and the procurement of over $15B in G&A. He led the Cingular merger integration for AT&T Wireless’ supply chain and the supplier diversity initiatives at both AT&T Wireless and Cingular.  His career has included manufacturing & quality roles for NCR, AT&T Wireless, Cingular, and now AT&T.

George received his MBA from Michigan State and BS from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.

Michael Fath

Mike Fath

Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer

Caesars Entertainment

Mike Fath

Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer
Caesars Entertainment

Mike Fath is currently a Vice President and the Chief Procurement Officer for Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Mike’s team is responsible for Sourcing, Purchasing Operations and Supply Management in goods and services acquired by Caesars casino and hospitality properties in North America.

Mike’s team of 350 people buy everything from food, beverage and hospitality products, to gaming equipment and supplies, to media, advertising, promotional products and print, to professional services, (including legal services), information technology, facilities, equipment maintenance services and construction.

Mike leads Caesars Entertainment’s commitment to the diverse communities where it does business by procuring goods, products and services from a diversified pool of suppliers, contractors and professional service providers, and working with small local businesses to help them grow.

Prior to Caesars, Mike served as SVP of Procurement at First Group America (FGA), the largest transport operator in North America, operating 50,000 school buses under the brand First Student as well as owning Greyhound. While at FGA, Mike led the integration of sourcing and supply chain operations after the 2007 acquisition of Laidlaw doubled the size of the North American business.

Before joining FGA, Mike was a consulting Partner with KPMG.  Elected to the Partnership in 1994, he was a leader in the firm’s Supply Chain Consulting Practice in North America.

Mike has a Master of Business Administration, from Michigan State University and earned his undergraduate degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Of great personal interest to Mike is his involvement in the Jude’s Ranch for Children, where he serves a Board Member. He is deeply dedicated to their mission of “Transforming the lives of abused and at-risk children, young adults and families by empowering them to create new chances, new choices and new hope in a caring community.”

Dk Singh

DK Singh

Chief Purchasing Officer

Schneider Electric

DK Singh

Chief Purchasing Officer
Schneider Electric

DK has 28 years of leadership experience in industrial/energy management, consumer product, technology, auto, and power equipment manufacturing environment with direct experience in engineering and supply chain including procurement (direct and indirect), logistics, supply-demand, inventory management, and operations.

DK is currently a Chief Purchasing Officer for the Schneider Electric with a global procurement responsibility of $15B spend. He has been with Schneider Electric since August 2014.

Prior to his current position at Schneider Electric, DK spent eight years at ConAgra Foods as a CPO and had the responsibility of enterprise procurement with $10B global spend. Prior to this, he spent three years at Motorola where he held the roles of senior executive in Procurement. He was the Vice President of Procurement for the Motorola’s Mobile Devices Group and had the responsibility of $12B Sourcing for the cell phone business. DK was also the Vice President with Motorola’s Global Procurement function with the responsibilities of Indirect Global Sourcing with $6.0B+ spend.

Before joining Motorola in 2003, DK spent 15 years with IBM Corp in many different leadership roles including product development, engineering, logistics, supply/demand, inventory mgmt, and Global Procurement. His last responsibilities at IBM included managing Global Services Procurement with significant responsibilities.

DK has a Master’s in Industrial Engineering, a BS in Mechanical Engineering and has been a registered Professional Engineer (PE). He has published many articles related to manufacturing and supply-chain in external and internal journals. He has been on the Advisory Board for Resin Technology, NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council) and works closely with USPAACC.

Stephane Masson

Stephane Masson

Senior Vice President Global Procurement

Marriott International

Stephane Masson

Senior Vice President Global Procurement
Marriott International

Stephane entered the hospitality industry in 1990 and has a degree in Hotel Business Administration.  His career began with Holiday Inn and later he joined the Ramada/ Renaissance group to set up their purchasing department in Eschborn (Germany) covering EMEA. In 1997, Stephane was named Regional Director of Procurement for Continental Europe, overseeing Marriott’s procurement operations to drive margins optimization from contract programs and provide services and savings to our regional teams and owners. In 2002 Stephane was promoted to Vice President International Procurement, managing successfully procurement functions in London, Dubai, Shanghai, Sydney, Bangkok, Eschborn, Paris, Cap Town, Hong Kong and Mumbai. He was responsible for assisting our hotels to maximize buying leverage, providing support to ensure compliance and monitoring service levels of vendors.

As the leader of the Global Procurement Team, Stephane who is a 23-year veteran with Marriott, successfully led the team through the Starwood hotels acquisition, which added ,500 hotels to the 4,000 already supported by the team.

In 2017 Stephane was promoted to Senior Vice President and continues to develop opportunities by leading a team to manage and deploy global key procurement initiatives and strategies including an EProcurement tool which is scalable, environmentally responsible, increases synergies between domestic and international contacts and advances global supplier diversity.

Grace Puma

Grace Puma

SVP & CPO

PepsiCo

Grace Puma

SVP & CPO
PepsiCo

Grace Puma Whiteford is senior vice president & chief procurement officer of PepsiCo. In its global portfolio of food and beverage brands, PepsiCo has 22 different brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. PepsiCo’s main businesses include Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola. With annual net revenues of more than $65 billion, PepsiCo makes hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world.

Puma joined PepsiCo in 2010. She is responsible for leading the company’s Global Procurement Function, including ensuring quality along the supply chain, robust commodity risk management practices, best in class productivity delivery and innovation via supplier partnerships and technologies. Her team manages the company’s ~ $30 billion global purchases spend.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Puma worked for United Airlines (UA), where she served as senior vice president, Chief Procurement Officer since 2007. She led the transformation of UA’s procurement organization to a global Strategic Sourcing function with an enterprise-wide scope. Puma and her team delivered significant savings across the value chain, while effectively handling risk management through the jet fuel crises in 2008.

Before joining UA, she led key areas of Strategic Supply Management globally at Kraft Foods, including raw materials, packaging, indirect materials and services. Puma rose to positions of increasing responsibility at Kraft from 1999 to 2007. She also worked in Strategic Supply Management at Motorola and Gillette.

Puma is based in Purchase, N.Y.

Gary Kallenbach

Gary (Emeritas) Kallenbach

Chief Procurement Officer

UPS

Gary (Emeritas) Kallenbach

Chief Procurement Officer
UPS

As the Chief Procurement Officer for UPS, Gary Kallenbach and his team manage all indirect and enterprise-wide complex commodities, including system technologies (hardware and software), professional services, energy and fuel purchases (diesel, air, LNG, propane). In addition, he is responsible for the UPS procure-to-pay process redesign and strategy. Gary also leads the company’s supplier diversity initiatives.

Prior to his current role, Gary served in a variety of executive level procurement positions at UPS. Before that, he was a Region Controller in the Midwest, District Controller for Long Island and New York, and an Accounting Manager in Chicago. He began his career with UPS as a loader, unloader and driver before beginning his management career as an Accounting Supervisor in Wisconsin. He has been with UPS for more than 39 years. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

In addition to his Procurement responsibilities, Gary currently serves on the board of the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC).  He actively supports organization like the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), and National Urban League, to name a few. Previously he served on the board of directors for Ramapo College of New Jersey. Internally, Gary serves on UPS’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.

Under his supplier diversity leadership, UPS has received numerous awards, including the Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses, America’s Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities, and America’s Top Corporation for Women Business Enterprises from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. UPS is one of only three companies to have received this honor for 17 consecutive years.

Roy Anderson

Roy Anderson

VP, Procurement Services

Metasys Technologies, Inc.

Roy Anderson

VP, Procurement Services
Metasys Technologies, Inc.

As Executive Vice President at MetaProcure, Roy Anderson is working with the next generation Supply Chain leader who wants to eliminate transactional activity from their organization and enable their team to drive internal customer partnerships, improve supplier management and build supplier innovation.  A MetaProcure partnership implements spend analytics, procure to pay tools, catalog creation, reverse auctions, and provides reporting, strategic sourcing, and category expertise with the common goal to become a strategic partner with internal customers.

Roy is the former Chief Procurement Officer of State Street Bank and Vice President of Global Procurement for MetLife where he led the transformation to an automated, strategic, high performing global solution with operations in the US, India, Korea, and Mexico.  Prior to joining MetLife, he worked as the Director of Purchasing at John Hancock Financial Services during its demutualization and the Director of Purchasing Operations at Fidelity Investments.  He has also worked as Purchasing Manager in commercial and military manufacturing facilities for Textron Corporation and Raytheon Company.

Roy holds a B.S and a MBA from Babson College of Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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George Sloan

George Sloan

VP, Global Business and Operations Supply Chain

AT&T

George Sloan

VP, Global Business and Operations Supply Chain
AT&T

George Sloan leads AT&T’s Global Business and Operations Supply Chain Organization responsible for $20B in spend across Network, IT, and Enterprise Sales, including Cell Site Equipment and Construction, Cloud Data Centers, and International Support. Previously, George led AT&T’s Consumer Supply Chain team responsible for the procurement and logistics of mobility devices, DSL, and Uverse customer premise equipment and the procurement of over $15B in G&A. He led the Cingular merger integration for AT&T Wireless’ supply chain and the supplier diversity initiatives at both AT&T Wireless and Cingular.  His career has included manufacturing & quality roles for NCR, AT&T Wireless, Cingular, and now AT&T.

George received his MBA from Michigan State and BS from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.

Dk Singh

DK Singh

Chief Purchasing Officer

Schneider Electric

DK Singh

Chief Purchasing Officer
Schneider Electric

DK has 28 years of leadership experience in industrial/energy management, consumer product, technology, auto, and power equipment manufacturing environment with direct experience in engineering and supply chain including procurement (direct and indirect), logistics, supply-demand, inventory management, and operations.

DK is currently a Chief Purchasing Officer for the Schneider Electric with a global procurement responsibility of $15B spend. He has been with Schneider Electric since August 2014.

Prior to his current position at Schneider Electric, DK spent eight years at ConAgra Foods as a CPO and had the responsibility of enterprise procurement with $10B global spend. Prior to this, he spent three years at Motorola where he held the roles of senior executive in Procurement. He was the Vice President of Procurement for the Motorola’s Mobile Devices Group and had the responsibility of $12B Sourcing for the cell phone business. DK was also the Vice President with Motorola’s Global Procurement function with the responsibilities of Indirect Global Sourcing with $6.0B+ spend.

Before joining Motorola in 2003, DK spent 15 years with IBM Corp in many different leadership roles including product development, engineering, logistics, supply/demand, inventory mgmt, and Global Procurement. His last responsibilities at IBM included managing Global Services Procurement with significant responsibilities.

DK has a Master’s in Industrial Engineering, a BS in Mechanical Engineering and has been a registered Professional Engineer (PE). He has published many articles related to manufacturing and supply-chain in external and internal journals. He has been on the Advisory Board for Resin Technology, NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council) and works closely with USPAACC.

Anne Hanch

Anne Hanch

VP, Purchasing

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Anne Hanch

VP, Purchasing
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Anne Hanch started her Hyatt career as a college freshman in 1982. After completing several internships and the Corporate Management Trainee program in 1985, Anne held various positions in Rooms, Food and Beverage and Catering and Convention Services while working at seventeen Hyatt Hotel properties. Anne was AVP of Catering and Convention services for 6 years prior to being promoted in 1999 to Vice President of Purchasing. Anne has overseen over 600 renovations and new construction projects, as well as overseeing Hyatt’s contracts for operating spend and services.

Anne was integral in formation of Avendra in 2000 and has served on the Advisory Board for the past 12 years. Anne has also served on Hyatt’s Diversity and Inclusion Council since 2001.

Anne holds a B.S. degree in Business and Engineering from Purdue University.

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Sheila Tierney

VP, Global Procurement

Ingersoll Rand

Sheila Tierney

VP, Global Procurement
Ingersoll Rand

Sheila Tierney joined Ingersoll Rand in March 2010 as Vice President, Global Procurement. Ingersoll Rand is a $14billion world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments whose family of brands include Club Car®, Hussmann®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane®. Sheila’s responsibilities are global including managing an $8B direct and indirect material spend, and leading Logistics and Supplier Quality and Development for the organization.  Prior to Ingersoll Rand, Sheila was the General Manager of Strategic Sourcing for General Electric and, prior to GE, had a 10-year career with Navistar culminating in her role as Vice President, Purchasing and Logistics. Sheila has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, and a Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. She is the executive sponsor of Ingersoll Rand’s Women’s Network, an organization committed to developing an environment that values, attracts and cultivates the diverse talents of leaders.

Stephane Masson

Stephane Masson

Senior Vice President Global Procurement

Marriott International

Stephane Masson

Senior Vice President Global Procurement
Marriott International

Stephane entered the hospitality industry in 1990 and has a degree in Hotel Business Administration.  His career began with Holiday Inn and later he joined the Ramada/ Renaissance group to set up their purchasing department in Eschborn (Germany) covering EMEA. In 1997, Stephane was named Regional Director of Procurement for Continental Europe, overseeing Marriott’s procurement operations to drive margins optimization from contract programs and provide services and savings to our regional teams and owners. In 2002 Stephane was promoted to Vice President International Procurement, managing successfully procurement functions in London, Dubai, Shanghai, Sydney, Bangkok, Eschborn, Paris, Cap Town, Hong Kong and Mumbai. He was responsible for assisting our hotels to maximize buying leverage, providing support to ensure compliance and monitoring service levels of vendors.

As the leader of the Global Procurement Team, Stephane who is a 23-year veteran with Marriott, successfully led the team through the Starwood hotels acquisition, which added ,500 hotels to the 4,000 already supported by the team.

In 2017 Stephane was promoted to Senior Vice President and continues to develop opportunities by leading a team to manage and deploy global key procurement initiatives and strategies including an EProcurement tool which is scalable, environmentally responsible, increases synergies between domestic and international contacts and advances global supplier diversity.

Gary Kallenbach

Gary (Emeritas) Kallenbach

Chief Procurement Officer

UPS

Gary (Emeritas) Kallenbach

Chief Procurement Officer
UPS

As the Chief Procurement Officer for UPS, Gary Kallenbach and his team manage all indirect and enterprise-wide complex commodities, including system technologies (hardware and software), professional services, energy and fuel purchases (diesel, air, LNG, propane). In addition, he is responsible for the UPS procure-to-pay process redesign and strategy. Gary also leads the company’s supplier diversity initiatives.

Prior to his current role, Gary served in a variety of executive level procurement positions at UPS. Before that, he was a Region Controller in the Midwest, District Controller for Long Island and New York, and an Accounting Manager in Chicago. He began his career with UPS as a loader, unloader and driver before beginning his management career as an Accounting Supervisor in Wisconsin. He has been with UPS for more than 39 years. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

In addition to his Procurement responsibilities, Gary currently serves on the board of the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC).  He actively supports organization like the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), and National Urban League, to name a few. Previously he served on the board of directors for Ramapo College of New Jersey. Internally, Gary serves on UPS’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.

Under his supplier diversity leadership, UPS has received numerous awards, including the Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses, America’s Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities, and America’s Top Corporation for Women Business Enterprises from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. UPS is one of only three companies to have received this honor for 17 consecutive years.

Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

Director, Sourcing and Procurement

Disney

Michael Cooper

Director, Sourcing and Procurement
Disney

Michael Cooper has been with Disney Parks and Resorts for the total of 13 years and in the position of a Director of Procurement and Sourcing for 11 years. Prior to coming to Disney, he was Purchasing Manager at the All American Gourmet Co. as well as at Nestle USA. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Management from the University of Utah.

Roy Anderson

Roy Anderson

VP, Procurement Services

Metasys Technologies, Inc.

Roy Anderson

VP, Procurement Services
Metasys Technologies, Inc.

As Executive Vice President at MetaProcure, Roy Anderson is working with the next generation Supply Chain leader who wants to eliminate transactional activity from their organization and enable their team to drive internal customer partnerships, improve supplier management and build supplier innovation.  A MetaProcure partnership implements spend analytics, procure to pay tools, catalog creation, reverse auctions, and provides reporting, strategic sourcing, and category expertise with the common goal to become a strategic partner with internal customers.

Roy is the former Chief Procurement Officer of State Street Bank and Vice President of Global Procurement for MetLife where he led the transformation to an automated, strategic, high performing global solution with operations in the US, India, Korea, and Mexico.  Prior to joining MetLife, he worked as the Director of Purchasing at John Hancock Financial Services during its demutualization and the Director of Purchasing Operations at Fidelity Investments.  He has also worked as Purchasing Manager in commercial and military manufacturing facilities for Textron Corporation and Raytheon Company.

Roy holds a B.S and a MBA from Babson College of Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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Jill Bossi

Jill Bossi

VP, CPO

American Red Cross

Jill Bossi

VP, CPO
American Red Cross

Jill Bossi, C.P.M. serves The American Red Cross as Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer.  She is responsible for managing all Supply Chain, Real Estate and Travel related services for the Red Cross.  Since joining the American Red Cross in October, 2009, Ms. Bossi has redesigned the supply chain, implemented new policies and procedures, streamlined the purchase of goods and services by the organization across the Red Cross’ entire footprint in the United States and its seven territories.  She has implemented a supplier management program and helped to establish their growing supplier diversity program; making it a model in the non profit sector.  Partnering with Ariba, Ms. Bossi is implementing a new procure to pay system across the American Red Cross footprint to be used for disasters, for blood drives and for day to day operations.  This is issuing in a new era of online ordering and supply chain management for the Red Cross and the nonprofit sector.

Prior to the Red Cross, Ms. Bossi was the Senior Vice President and Sourcing Executive for Global Commercial Banking and Global Wealth Management at Bank of America.  While at Bank of America Ms. Bossi was instrumental in the redesign of the entire supply chain management function for the Bank. During her career, Ms. Bossi has also served as C.P.O. for Experian North America, one of the three largest credit reporting agencies in the U.S., as Director of G&A Procurement for Verizon Wireless having served as a key member of the supply management team during the formation of the company through the merger of GTE, Bell Atlantic and AirTouch Communications.  Ms. Bossi has held senior supply management roles with companies as diverse as Packard Bell NEC, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios.  She holds a BS in Business Management and has been published in many supply chain journals publications.  Ms. Bossi is a sought after national, regional, and local conference speaker.  She is a member of the Institute for Supply Management, serves as a contributor for the ISM’s Report On Business® , on the ISM Women’s Executive Supply Management Steering Committee and the ISM Committee for Sustainability and Social Responsibility.  Ms. Bossi also is a member of the board for the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council and the CPO Advisory Board for WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise Network Council).

Mark Reed

Mark Reed

CPO

AARP

Mark Reed

CPO
AARP

Mr. Reed joined AARP as the Chief Procurement Officer in the Financial Services Group in January of 2012.  He leads the Procurement and Contract Management department, with team members in Washington D.C. and Lakewood, California.  He brings over 15 years of experience as a supply chain and procurement executive, across a mix of both consulting and industry positions.  During his tenure with Accenture and Capgemini, Mark specialized in procurement transformation and strategic sourcing, helping companies such as Time Warner and 7-11 implement centralized procurement organizations, e-procurement technologies, and sourcing processes and cost management programs.  As the Director of Strategic Sourcing for C&S Wholesale Grocers, a $20 billion privately-held company, he built the company’s procurement capability and team from the ground up.  Most recently, Mark was the Vice President of Procurement and Business Services for Limited Brands, owners of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, where he managed a global team of procurement professionals with responsibility for over $1 billion in annual expenditures. Prior to becoming a supply chain and procurement professional, Mark served on active duty as a Naval Intelligence Officer.

Mark has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Peter Kiriacoulacos

Peter Kiriacoulacos

CPO

Comcast/NBCUniversal

Peter Kiriacoulacos

CPO
Comcast/NBCUniversal

Peter Kiriacoulacos, Chief Procurement Officer and Executive Vice President – Comcast Cable/SVP NBCUniversal.  As the Chief Procurement Officer of Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal, Mr. Kiriacoulacos will be responsible for the combined procurement function and will lead material and enterprise-wide capital and operating expense-based vendor negotiations, including overseeing supplier diversity initiatives, among many other areas.

Some of Kiriacoulacos’ key achievements over the past few years at Comcast include the renegotiation of hundreds of material contracts with an associated spend value in the billions of dollars, rationalizing Comcast’s supplier portfolio creating a healthy level of competition, as well as implementing mature procurement governance and control via the implementation of an automated centralized cost control policy and electronic workflow system.  Also worth noting is Kiriacoulacos’ achievement of building a best-in-class procurement operation.

Prior to joining Comcast nearly 5 years ago, Mr. Kiriacoulacos served as Vice President of Global Procurement at Liberty Global Inc. and resided in Europe.  He also has over 17 years of experience in multi-national environments, holding the position of Vice President of Corporate Procurement and Strategic Partnerships at Amsterdam based companies United Global Communications Europe and United Pan-Europe Communications, as well as serving as Senior Manager at Nolan, Norton and Co. in Melbourne where he managed the process of some of Australia’s largest outsourcing contracts from inception to execution.

Mr. Kiriacoulacos holds a Bachelor of Science and post-graduate degrees in Commerce from the University of South Australia, Adelaide.  He also serves as a National Trustee Board Member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

George Sloan

George Sloan

VP, Global Business and Operations Supply Chain

AT&T

George Sloan

VP, Global Business and Operations Supply Chain
AT&T

George Sloan leads AT&T’s Global Business and Operations Supply Chain Organization responsible for $20B in spend across Network, IT, and Enterprise Sales, including Cell Site Equipment and Construction, Cloud Data Centers, and International Support. Previously, George led AT&T’s Consumer Supply Chain team responsible for the procurement and logistics of mobility devices, DSL, and Uverse customer premise equipment and the procurement of over $15B in G&A. He led the Cingular merger integration for AT&T Wireless’ supply chain and the supplier diversity initiatives at both AT&T Wireless and Cingular.  His career has included manufacturing & quality roles for NCR, AT&T Wireless, Cingular, and now AT&T.

George received his MBA from Michigan State and BS from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.

Stephane Masson

Stephane Masson

Senior Vice President Global Procurement

Marriott International

Stephane Masson

Senior Vice President Global Procurement
Marriott International

Stephane entered the hospitality industry in 1990 and has a degree in Hotel Business Administration.  His career began with Holiday Inn and later he joined the Ramada/ Renaissance group to set up their purchasing department in Eschborn (Germany) covering EMEA. In 1997, Stephane was named Regional Director of Procurement for Continental Europe, overseeing Marriott’s procurement operations to drive margins optimization from contract programs and provide services and savings to our regional teams and owners. In 2002 Stephane was promoted to Vice President International Procurement, managing successfully procurement functions in London, Dubai, Shanghai, Sydney, Bangkok, Eschborn, Paris, Cap Town, Hong Kong and Mumbai. He was responsible for assisting our hotels to maximize buying leverage, providing support to ensure compliance and monitoring service levels of vendors.

As the leader of the Global Procurement Team, Stephane who is a 23-year veteran with Marriott, successfully led the team through the Starwood hotels acquisition, which added ,500 hotels to the 4,000 already supported by the team.

In 2017 Stephane was promoted to Senior Vice President and continues to develop opportunities by leading a team to manage and deploy global key procurement initiatives and strategies including an EProcurement tool which is scalable, environmentally responsible, increases synergies between domestic and international contacts and advances global supplier diversity.

Charles Lousignont

Charles Lousignont

VP, Supply Chain Management

Aramark

Charles Lousignont

VP, Supply Chain Management
Aramark

Charlie Lousignont joined ARAMARK in 2009 and currently serves as Vice President, Supply Chain Management, for ARAMARK North American Food and Hospitality Services.  In this role, his responsibilities include Distribution, Operations Support as well Facilities, Regional, and Indirect Spend activities for all ARAMARK North American Food and Hospitality Services.

Prior to his career with ARAMARK he was Chief Procurement Officer for Centralized Supply Chain Services, LLC, the Purchasing Cooperative for Applebee’s and IHOP Restaurant Chains from 2006 to 2009.  In that role, Charlie led the Procurement function for 3400 restaurant locations and managed spend of over $2.5 BB.  From 1994-2006, he was Vice President, Product Development and Procurement for Fazoli’s Restaurants.  Charlie has also held procurement positions with Long John Silver’s (Sr. Director of Purchasing & Distribution), Burger King (Regional Procurement Manager) and S&A Restaurants (Director of Purchasing).  He began his career with Darden Restaurants as a corporate accountant until his promotion to North Atlantic Seafood Buyer for Red Lobster restaurants.

Charlie received his BS in Finance from the University of Central Florida and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami (FL). He and his wife Kathy reside in Moorestown, NJ and have 3 children.

Gregg Waterman

Gregg Waterman

VP, Procurement Indirect Goods & Services

The Coca-Cola Company

Gregg Waterman

VP, Procurement Indirect Goods & Services
The Coca-Cola Company

Gregg Waterman received an Electrical Engineering degree from The University of Connecticut and began his career with Coca-Cola immediately after college. He spent the first ten years in operations in advancing leadership roles at various bottling facilities, eventually becoming the operations manager at the East Hartford Connecticut facility. Gregg moved to Atlanta to then begin the next phase of his career in procurement, developing and implementing the first national MRO program for all of Coca-Cola Enterprises ~500 facilities. He then moved to Europe with his family where he took on responsibility for the procurement of all plastic closures and bottles for Coca-Cola Enterprises European operations, covering England, Belgium, France, Luxemburg and the Netherlands. Upon returning to the US he took over the procurement of plastic resins and bottles for all of North America at Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales and Services LLC. Today Gregg is the Vice President of Procurement for Coca-Cola Refreshments and leads the team responsible for all Indirect Goods and Services for North America along with having responsibility for the global Coca-Cola G&A spend.

Roy Anderson

Roy Anderson

VP, Procurement Services

Metasys Technologies, Inc.

Roy Anderson

VP, Procurement Services
Metasys Technologies, Inc.

As Executive Vice President at MetaProcure, Roy Anderson is working with the next generation Supply Chain leader who wants to eliminate transactional activity from their organization and enable their team to drive internal customer partnerships, improve supplier management and build supplier innovation.  A MetaProcure partnership implements spend analytics, procure to pay tools, catalog creation, reverse auctions, and provides reporting, strategic sourcing, and category expertise with the common goal to become a strategic partner with internal customers.

Roy is the former Chief Procurement Officer of State Street Bank and Vice President of Global Procurement for MetLife where he led the transformation to an automated, strategic, high performing global solution with operations in the US, India, Korea, and Mexico.  Prior to joining MetLife, he worked as the Director of Purchasing at John Hancock Financial Services during its demutualization and the Director of Purchasing Operations at Fidelity Investments.  He has also worked as Purchasing Manager in commercial and military manufacturing facilities for Textron Corporation and Raytheon Company.

Roy holds a B.S and a MBA from Babson College of Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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Jill Bossi

Jill Bossi

VP, CPO

American Red Cross

Jill Bossi

VP, CPO
American Red Cross

Jill Bossi, C.P.M. serves The American Red Cross as Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer.  She is responsible for managing all Supply Chain, Real Estate and Travel related services for the Red Cross.  Since joining the American Red Cross in October, 2009, Ms. Bossi has redesigned the supply chain, implemented new policies and procedures, streamlined the purchase of goods and services by the organization across the Red Cross’ entire footprint in the United States and its seven territories.  She has implemented a supplier management program and helped to establish their growing supplier diversity program; making it a model in the non profit sector.  Partnering with Ariba, Ms. Bossi is implementing a new procure to pay system across the American Red Cross footprint to be used for disasters, for blood drives and for day to day operations.  This is issuing in a new era of online ordering and supply chain management for the Red Cross and the nonprofit sector.

Prior to the Red Cross, Ms. Bossi was the Senior Vice President and Sourcing Executive for Global Commercial Banking and Global Wealth Management at Bank of America.  While at Bank of America Ms. Bossi was instrumental in the redesign of the entire supply chain management function for the Bank. During her career, Ms. Bossi has also served as C.P.O. for Experian North America, one of the three largest credit reporting agencies in the U.S., as Director of G&A Procurement for Verizon Wireless having served as a key member of the supply management team during the formation of the company through the merger of GTE, Bell Atlantic and AirTouch Communications.  Ms. Bossi has held senior supply management roles with companies as diverse as Packard Bell NEC, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios.  She holds a BS in Business Management and has been published in many supply chain journals publications.  Ms. Bossi is a sought after national, regional, and local conference speaker.  She is a member of the Institute for Supply Management, serves as a contributor for the ISM’s Report On Business® , on the ISM Women’s Executive Supply Management Steering Committee and the ISM Committee for Sustainability and Social Responsibility.  Ms. Bossi also is a member of the board for the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council and the CPO Advisory Board for WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise Network Council).

Grace Puma

Grace Puma

SVP & CPO

PepsiCo

Grace Puma

SVP & CPO
PepsiCo

Grace Puma Whiteford is senior vice president & chief procurement officer of PepsiCo. In its global portfolio of food and beverage brands, PepsiCo has 22 different brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. PepsiCo’s main businesses include Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola. With annual net revenues of more than $65 billion, PepsiCo makes hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world.

Puma joined PepsiCo in 2010. She is responsible for leading the company’s Global Procurement Function, including ensuring quality along the supply chain, robust commodity risk management practices, best in class productivity delivery and innovation via supplier partnerships and technologies. Her team manages the company’s ~ $30 billion global purchases spend.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Puma worked for United Airlines (UA), where she served as senior vice president, Chief Procurement Officer since 2007. She led the transformation of UA’s procurement organization to a global Strategic Sourcing function with an enterprise-wide scope. Puma and her team delivered significant savings across the value chain, while effectively handling risk management through the jet fuel crises in 2008.

Before joining UA, she led key areas of Strategic Supply Management globally at Kraft Foods, including raw materials, packaging, indirect materials and services. Puma rose to positions of increasing responsibility at Kraft from 1999 to 2007. She also worked in Strategic Supply Management at Motorola and Gillette.

Puma is based in Purchase, N.Y.

Andy Lee

Andy Lee

CEO

Alorica

Andy Lee

CEO
Alorica

Guided by his desire to improve customer experiences and his entrepreneurial talents, Andy has become one of the leaders in the service and support outsourcing industry. Andy ventured on his own early in his career. He conceptualized and developed one of the original cloud-based Software-as-a-Service customer contact management applications that integrated contact center operations, returns management, and e-commerce. In 1999, he founded Alorica, which is one of the largest Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) providers of customer management solutions, to create efficient and customer-centric solutions for companies. Andy’s founding belief in developing and utilizing technology to improve customer experience and drive efficiency has resulted in Alorica’s being on the forefront of innovation within the industry.

Andy’s success has earned the company numerous awards and accolades including the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award, placement on Software Magazine’s annual list of the 500 largest software and service suppliers, and multiple CRM Excellence Awards from Customer Interaction Solutions Magazine.  He was a recipient of the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Financial and Business Services category.

Andy has also served as an executive at Advanced Membrane Technology, CTX Data Services, and Gateway. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from the University of Southern California.

Hiten Patel

Hiten Patel

CEO

Collabera

Hiten Patel

CEO
Collabera

Hiten Patel is the Founder and Chairman of Collabera – consistently ranked as one the fastest growing IT services companies in the U.S. Since 1996, Hiten’s aggressive, customer-driven focus on Fortune 100 clients, has steered the company to its present size of 19 offices, 3 development centers and more than 6000 employees globally. Under his vision and guidance Collabera has evolved from a staffing firm to a total turnkey solutions provider with a Collaborative Delivery model that spans onsite, offsite and offshore capabilities.

Under Hiten, Collabera has received numerous accolades like ‘Fast 50 company’ for five years from Deloitte and Touche, Regional Supplier of the Year by NMSDC and a listing by Inc. magazine as one of the Top 500 companies in the USA for three years in a row. Hiten himself has been awarded ‘Entrepreneur award of the Year by Ernst & Young’ in 2000 and was a finalist for the same award in 2007.

Hiten is associated with various organizations including EO of NJ, AAHC, NACCB, TiE Tri-State, USPAACC, Association for Corporate Growth of New Jersey, New Jersey Technology Council, National Minority Supplier Development Council, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and Morris County Chamber of Commerce.

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William Wang

CEO

VIZIO

William Wang

CEO
VIZIO

William Wang CEO and founder of VIZIO, Inc. was born in Taiwan and relocated to the US with his family at the age of 12. He graduated from USC with an Engineering degree and has started and sold several of his businesses and is a great example of a “visionary serial entrepreneur.” In 2002 his family and a close group of friends and former investors founded VIZIO. William’s success has gained the brand numerous awards including Good Housekeeping’s Best Big-Screens, CNET’s Top 10 Holiday Gifts to mention a few and has guided VIZIO into the #1 brand of HDTVs in the U.S. Recently, VIZIO has won the #1 Ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics for the 2nd consecutive year, Ad Age’s Hottest Brands of 2009, Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative CE Companies along with Walmart’s Supplier of the Year awards. Personal awards include Ernst & Young’s and The Orange County Business Journal’s Entrepreneur of the Year honors.